Dr Dorothy Newbury-Birch
Lecturer in Public Health Research/Alcohol Research Team Manager

  • Email: dorothy.newbury-birch@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8500
  • Address: Newcastle University
    Baddiley Clark Building
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE2 4AX. UK

Background

I did my PhD at Newcastle University (Wolfson Unit). My thesis was entitled: "Drinking, illicit drug use, stress and other lifestyle variables in medical students and doctors". During my time doing my PhD I was involved with the 'Healthy Medical School' and helped develop the alcohol policy for the medical school. After finishing my PhD I worked for a year with Prof Nick Heather and Prof Eileen Kaner as the HAZ Alcohol Strategy Co-ordinator. I then worked with Prof Lawrence Sherman (Cambridge University) and Dr. Heather Strang (Australian National University) on a 3 centre RCT examining restorative justice across the criminal justice system (outcomes: victim satisfaction and re-offending behaviour). 

Roles and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Public Health Research

Alcohol Research Team Manager 

Deputy Post Graduate Tutor

Chair of IHS Engagement Strategy Group 

Qualifications

1997-2001: Ph.D. Behavioural Sciences: Newcastle University

1993-1996: BA (Hons) Social Science 2(I): University of Sunderland

Previous Positions

2005-2006: Research Consultant.

2001-2006: Research Consultant (Assistant Project Director). Justice Research Consortium, Australian National University (based in England).

2005-2006: Visiting Lecturer - (Public Health): Newcastle University

2002-2003: Visiting Lecturer - (Criminology): Northumbria and Sunderland University

2001-2001: Visiting Lecturer - (Alcohol Diploma): Sunderland University

2000-2001: Tyne and Wear (HAZ) Alcohol Strategy Co-ordinator, Plummer Court, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Memberships

2005-present: Executive Committee Member, North East Council on Addictions (NECA).

Honours and Awards

BMA Joan Dawkins Award for research into Young People and Alcohol (1998) British Medical Association. £25,000.

Informal Interests

Travel, travel, travel - especially India.

Research Interests

Criminal Justice; Public Health; Young People; Systematic Reviews; Project Management; RCTs

Current Work

Lecturer in Public Health Research

PI: SIPS JR-HIGH

Co-applicant: SIPS JR; OHDIN; AAIDED; RADiANT 

Future Research

Developing research around young people and co-morbid mental health and alcohol use in the general population and in the criminal justice system

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD (current) Claire Sullivan

PhD (current) Samantha Level

MD (current) Nigel Camilleri 

Funding 

Vale L, Robson S, Newbury-Birch D, Robalino, S, Muirhead C, Bryant, A, McParlin C, Nelson-Piercy C, Yates L, Norman J.  Interventions for hyperemesis gravidarum: A systematic review and economic evaluation. HTA 12/152. £264,401.80

Newbury-Birch D,  Kaner E, Coulton S, McColl E, Howel D, Deverill M, Tate L. A feasibility trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH). (2011). NIHR-PHRP. £308,070

Connolly J, Wright J, Kaner E, Newbury-Birch D, Vale L, Hindmarch P.  Alcohol Associated Injury in the Emergency Department: AAIDED. (2011) FSF Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. £62,146

Hampton P, Kaner E, Newbury-Birch D, Gilvarry E, Araujo-Soares V.(2011) Examining the prevalence of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in patients with skin disease.  British Skin Foundation Small Grant. £7,126

Drummond C, Coulton S, Crawford M, Deluca P, Gilvarry E, Kaner E, McArdle P, Russell I, Cohen D, Newbury-Birch D, Maconochie I, Phillips T, Patton R, Strang J, Allen M.  Developing and evaluating interventions for adolescent alcohol use disorders presenting through emergency departments: SIPS JR. (2010). NIHR Programme Grant.  £1,999,700

Coulton S, Drummond C, Tober G, Hassey A, Raistrick D, Phillips T, Watson J, Rumball D, Kaner E, Morton V, Parrott S, Newbury-Birch D. (2010) The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of opportunistic screening and stepped care interventions for older hazardous alcohol users in primary care (AESOPS).  NIHR. £326,535

European collaborative study.  OHDIN: Optimizing delivery of health care interventions. (2010)  FP-7 Health. £2,500,000

Newbury-Birch D, McGovern R, Kaner E. Darlington Paramedic Project. (2010). Darlington PCT. £10,000     

McArdle P, Croom S, Grahame V, Morrow J, Byrne C, Newbury-Birch D, Claxton J, Stewart L, Farr L, Gibson J. (2010) Service development: community mental health for children and young adolescents with severe disorders. The Entrepreneurs Forum. £67,000.

McArdle P, Scott J, Gilvarry E, Kaplan C, Ward D, LeCouteur A, Grahame V, Thick A, Tacchi M, Newbury-Birch D. (2010) Fifteen to Twenty Five – Diagnosis and Treatment of 15-25 year olds with mental health issues. Good Ideas Investment Programme 2009/2010. £180,000.

Scott J, Blair S, Gilvarry E, Kaner E, McArdle P, Meyer T, Newbury-Birch D. (2010) Assessing mood disorders, drugs and alcohol in young people in North East England. NTW, NHS Trust. £43,500

Kaner E, Newbury-Birch D. (2010) Research on brief intervention for alcohol and chronic disease. North Tyneside PCT. £32,638.

Brown, N. Newbury-Birch D, Kaner E. Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in a Policing Context: A Pilot/Feasibility study. (2009) South Tyneside PCT and DAAT. £10,000

Newbury-Birch D, Gilvarry E, McArdle P, Ramesh V, Stewart S, Walker J, Avery L, Beyer F, Brown, N, Jackson K, Lock C, McGovern R, Kaner E. (2009) The impact of alcohol consumption on young people: A review of reviews. Department for Children, Schools and Families £50,977

Drummond C, Kaner E, Myles J, Oyefesco N, Touquet R, Crawford M, Heather N, Day C, Gilvarry E, Cassidy P, De Luca P, Phillips T, Perryman K, Newbury-Birch D, Bland M, Coulton S, Godfrey C. (2009) Alcohol screening and brief intervention pilots: A proposal from the National Alcohol Brief Intervention Research Consortium – extension. Department of Health. £821,143

Newbury-Birch D, Gilvarry E, Cassidy P, Jackson K, Kaner E. Alcohol Prevalence study amongst young people in youth offending teams and secure establishments in Tyne and Wear. (2008) Youth Justice Board £10,000

Kaner E, Newbury-Birch D, Avery L, Brown N, Jackson K A rapid review of evidence on liver disease epidemiology, treatment and services. (2008) NIHR-CCF £28,327

Drummond C, Kaner E, Myles J, Oyefesco N, Touquet R, Crawford M, Heather N, Day C, Gilvarry E, Cassidy P, De Luca P, Phillips T, Perryman K, Newbury-Birch D, Bland M, Coulton S, Godfrey C. (2006) Alcohol screening and brief intervention pilots: A proposal from the National Alcohol Brief Intervention Research Consortium. Department of Health. £3,165,678

Newbury-Birch. (2006) Assessment of alcohol need amongst offenders within probation and prison services in North East England. £8,000. North East ROM

Sherman L, Strang H, Newbury-Birch D. (2005) Systematic Review of Recent Research Undertaken Regarding Restorative Justice, Reparation and Victims. £66,700. Youth Justice Board

Newbury-Birch D, Girvan M. (2006). Anti-social behaviour. Alcohol Awareness Evaluation. North East Council on Addictions £15,000

Newbury-Birch D, BMA Joan Dawkins Award for research into Young People and Alcohol (1998) British Medical Association £25,000

Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

I would be willing to talk to anyone interested in doing postgraduate research around alcohol and criminal justice.

MSc Public Health and Health Services Research - Module lead for Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal Module

MSc Public Health and Health Services Research - project management